Same here. With the aid of 25.000 brake boosters at the front and a broom stick between the spokes, I never had problems doing endos with canti brakes.
In all seriousness, Cantis are a pain in the you-know-what to set up, and even then they simply don't perform as good as a set of cheap Vee brakes.
All V's did was increase the mechanical advantage at the brake arm and reduce it at the brake lever. This meant the cable tension and hence stretch was reduced giving a less spongy feel and I guess a slight increase in efficiency. My canti's work just as well as most of my V brakes but I do have some shimano parallel push V's with servowave levers and Koolstops and they are noticably more powerfull. A combination of the pads and servowaveyness of the levers I think.
Not quite. With cantis, the force applied to the brakes by the brake cable works in two directions, inwards, squeezing the wheel rim, and upwards, trying to pull the brake bosses towards the seat post. With Vs, this force is applied directly to squeezing the rim at 90degrees, hence the extra power possible. The brake lever has to pull more cable to pull the brake arms together, but it is not this leverage ratio that increases the power. It is the different manner in which it is applied.
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